No pain no gain! Right? How true is that old saying? To dive in and answer that, we really need to look at how hard you should go on your workouts. A lot of people think that in order to get fit, you need to do hard workouts. Do you really need harder workouts? Or should you instead go harder on your workouts? Let’s find out.
There is a big misconception that to get as fit as possible, you need to do really hard workouts. In fact, you can get incredibly fit doing what some may think are “easy” workouts. The key is to give your best effort and go harder on the easy workouts. For example, you would be better off using an empty bar and doing 3 rounds for time of 20 squats and 20 shoulder presses, all without putting the bar down, then doing the same workout with 135 pounds on the bar and having to stop every 5 reps. The goal of a workout like that is to improve muscle endurance, dial in technique, and maybe even get an aerobic benefit. When done all unbroken, you hit that stimulus (intent) on the head. If you have to constantly break it up, you miss on all of those categories, and will essentially be doing a weight lifting session with limited rest. If you’re looking to just get strong that might be okay, however, the weight will likely. Be too light for you to get any real strength gains.
There is an intent to every workout, and oftentimes, that workout will look “too easy” on paper. When this happens, it is tempting to try and make the workout more difficult. DO NOT DO THIS. Your progress will be limited by doing this. Instead, go harder on your workouts. Check the ego at the door, the workouts as intended, and get those results!
If you are not sure how hard you should be going on your workouts, ask a coach. A 286 Performance, coaching is what we specialize in. Book and intro and one of our coaches will help you get started with the right workouts and intensity levels!